Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it?

If there is no such a logic, then why didn't SE make the accept button automatically trigger one up vote?

It also does not make sense if SE allows us to accept an answer with an extra down vote. :-)

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    Apart from when someone is accepting their own answer (in which case they can't upvote), I can't really think of a situation where an accept without an upvote makes sense. However, I think it's good to keep voting and accepting separate: Accepting without upvoting is mostly done by new users who haven't understood the voting/acceptance system. If their acceptance of an answer would automatically trigger an upvote, chances are that they're not going to understand that the two are separate processes. Maybe instead of an automatic vote, a popup could be displayed pointing to the voting FAQ.
    – Jake
    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:43
  • @Jake: Thank you for the comment. Programmatically SE developers can prevent users who accept their own answers from upvoting the answers. Jul 14, 2012 at 10:53
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    Sometimes there is an answer that works, so I feel I have to accept it, but I don't like it. Usually a better one will arrive eventually, which I can switch an accept too, but I can see why they don't merge the two.
    – Canageek
    Jul 14, 2012 at 13:55
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    One needs 15 rep to vote but there is no restriction on accepting.
    – Caramdir
    Jul 14, 2012 at 16:12

2 Answers 2


I think it makes sense to separate them even though they overlap in many cases.

Quoted from Meta Stack Overflow:

An answer may indeed solve or help you solve your original problem, but it might not be an otherwise "good" answer. The accepting and up-voting are different actions which mean different things.

There are however ways to improve.


If I'm ever to get an Unsung Hero badge it needs lots of zero score accepted answers.

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    I don't think we're likely to ever see one of these awarded here on tex.sx. They're more for sites like Super User, where you have a lot more one-time users popping in, asking and answering questions mediocrely.
    – doncherry
    Jul 15, 2012 at 11:05
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    Are you asking us to go through and downvote your answers? (Does Unsung Hero work that way, or would that be a Singing but out-of-tune Hero?-)
    – mforbes
    Jul 17, 2012 at 21:28

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